Thanks to generous donations and sponsorships, we have been able to add more kits to our robotics program so we now have the capacity to offer this class. We are going to keep the class sizes small 2-3 students so that everyone can have a lot of time working with the programming and the bot. Depending on the interest, we may not be able to accommodate all students, if we get more students than we have spots, we will hold a lottery to randomly select students to attend.
We are going to need lots of coaches/mentors to lead these groups. If you are willing to coach/mentor a group your child will automatically be placed onto your team. We will have a training/orientation for all coaches once we have our team's established. Some parents are hesitant to lead a group because of not having experience or a background in Legos, robotics, or programming. Often these are some of the best coaches because they allow the students to do the discovering and to work through any issues on their own. Absolutely no experience is necessary. The coach/mentor's role is to facilitate the group and make sure that everyone has a role, is able to participate, and help team problem solve if/when stuck. The training will help familiarize coaches with the equipment and the program and should allow you to hit the ground running with your group. Also - if at any point you have questions or concerns, we are here to help you out.
Practices will start after winter break (after the coach's orientation) with teams typically meeting one day per week from 4:15-5:30 or so. Coaches will be able to decide which day of the week they would like to have practice. Teams can certainly meet more than once a week if they would like and that would work for that team - but minimally we would like to see teams at least meet once per week. The plan is to have practices up until we have our Robotics Open House around mid-May. At that event, teams would be able to present what they have learned and accomplished along with the FLL and FTC Robotics teams. So it will be a March/April-ish season with 10-12 practices if teams meet once per week and we can get started pretty quickly after Winter Break.
If your child would like to participate in the Spring Elementary Robotics, please fill out this form. All sign-ups are due no later than February 17. We will be contacting families via email the week of February break (Feb. 20-24) to confirm coaching and student participation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Ondrus at email@example.com
Link to Google Form Sign Up:
Robotics Coordinator - DECS
To donate, make checks payable to DECS with an indication on the memo line that it is for DECS Robotics and send to:
Duluth Edison Charter Schools
℅ Steve Ondrus
3301 Technology Dr.
Duluth, MN 55811
Or visit our “go fund me” page to make an online donation: gofund.me/DECSRobotics